Frequently Asked Questions
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What days are available? When are you open?
We are open most holidays!!!!
Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Eve/Day.
Open Monday through Saturday (Closed Sundays)
All other Holidays will be considered a riding day, unless given previous notice.
Monday – Saturday we are available all day, we do however adjust our hours are according to weather and season to optimize the rider's and horse's comfort.
24 hour cancellation notice required.
Subject to weather, and will be reschedule if MC Equestrian cancels.
What age can a child start?
We recommend waiting until a child is 7 or 8 years old. We have started riders at 6, but for the majority of children, the ability to control a strong 900 to 1500 lb animal is difficult until age 7. At or around the age of 7, they start to think quickly, organize their responses, comprehend instructions well, and respond in a way to help themselves. Our priority is the riders safety.
What should I wear?
Generally, to start out, long pants, and a pair of boots with a low heel. Please, no spaghetti straps, and long hair should be tied back. Helmets are REQUIRED for ALL students. We highly recommend rider purchase his/her own Helmet. Helmet must be ASTM-SEI (Safety Institute) approved for equestrian activities. They must be within the 5 year expiration of mfg date. As your participant falls in love with riding, we will be happy to advise you on any necessary equipment and clothing.
What should I expect in lessons?
We teach at a pace within each student’s level, from beginner to advanced levels. As a Certified Instructor, Marilyn is prepared to address the needs and occasional insecurities of the novice rider, as well as proficiently advance the experienced client in their abilities and skills. As an instructor, she truly cares about the success of the rider.
If using lesson horse, we want you to have the whole experience:
Safely and confidently catch and handle the horse on the ground
Groom and saddle the horse in the tack suited to their discipline of choice
Mount and warm up
Ride their lesson 40 min (Saddle time)
Bathe and care for their horse as needed
Feeding, and ranch chores are also optional
Marilyn will be there to ensure the success and enjoyment of the entire process.
Payment and Scheduling:
A minimum of 48 hour in advance notice for reservation of lesson time is required
Payment for lesson is due DAY OF LESSON
Payment must be Check, Cash or Paypal ONLY. ($5.00 Fee for ALL Paypal payments),
$50 Private lesson
$40 Semi Private lesson
$0.50 per mile (if instructor travels to your location)
$50 per ride
Discussion for other fees (i.e. showing, boarding, or travel) on a case-by-case basis.
Private or Semi Private Riding lessons
Professional Training of horses (including showing)
Teaching at Clinics
Musical Freestyle Creation (design/choreography and or mix your favorite music)
Fun Show Judge
Custom Handmade Beading / Leatherwork
Services (at this time) not offered?:
Weekly "Large Group (more than 5 riders) lessons" (N/A if in a clinic setting)
School Horse rental
What does your name MC Equestrian - “Miroir du Cheval” mean?
The name “Miroir du Cheval” loosely translated means “Mirror of the Horse”
Tell me a little bit about MC Equestrian:
Here at MC Equestrian, we strive to offer professional, fun, educated, instruction and training to both the horse and rider. Our approach to training/teaching is that the horse is a direct reflection of the rider’s own biomechanics.
What is Biomechanics?
The definition of biomechanics is: "The study of the mechanical laws relating to the movement or structure of living organisms."
Why would I want to learn Biomechanics?
If the rider is crooked and off balance, then the horse will be as well. It is our goal for the riders to learn and understand how their own body has a direct affect on the horse in the way it moves and performs. Understanding this, makes you a better rider, competitor, and companion to your horse. No matter your riding discipline or style, biomechanics has something for everyone.
Why do you teach Biomechanics?
When riders come to me with questions on how to better ride their horse, offend the solution is helping them communicate better with their body to the horse. A simple example being they will think they are asking the horse "go" when in facet their body mechanics are screaming "WHOE." Because the horse is like a hairy mirror to us the evidence in the "miss communication" is a two way street.
Also "Biomechanics" may be a key part of the training, but at the heart of our passion is using horses as a ministry to bring honor and glory to God. Like the horse reflects the rider, we choose to live our lives in reflection of Him.
What are your Certifications and Credentials?
Marilyn is a USDF Bronze Medalist and a Certified Instructor with the following organizations:
CHA - Certified Horsemanship Association – Master Level and Clinic Instructor
PATH – Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship – Instructor
What does "USDF Bronze Medalist" mean?
To be a "USDF Bronze Medalist" means a active competitor and member of the "United States Dressage Federation." The horse you ride must also be registered with the USDF.
For a Bronze Medal, you need two scores over 60% in each First, Second and Third Levels. Each of the two scores/level need to be from two different judges and for two separate rides.
What does "CHA Master Instructor" / "Clinic Instructor" / "PATH Instructor" mean?
CHA Master Level Instructor is the highest level of certification for both Western and English styles of riding.
CHA Clinic Instructor is someone who goes to CHA clinics and actually certifies others to become instructors in both Western and English.
PATH Instructor is someone who is certified to teach those with disabilities with an organization that is active around the world.
Why Ride a Horse?
Riding is great exercise. It is a healthy life-long activity, fun, builds life long friendships, is an opportunity to bond with and understand an animal companion. You will learn patience, create responsibility, and build confidence. It is a unique chance to compete, grow and learn.
Is Riding good for ME?
It is extremely good for balance, cognitive development, muscle strength and is often used therapeutically. It uses almost all your muscles, including the leg, abdominal, shoulder, neck, back, and arms. Did you know the average person can only tighten their stomach muscles for about 10 seconds? A recreational horse rider, up to a minute, a competitive and active rider, about 6 minutes solid. Try it !!!! Flexibility in the muscles helps with stability and coordination. It stimulate internal organs, helps liver function and digestion, making it great for all, including therapeutic riders. For older riders, and young ones too, actually, riding stimulates the brain and keeps it working well.
Is It Difficult to Ride a Horse?
You’re just sitting there, right? Not really. Good riding looks effortless, but it just "looks" that way. There’s a lot going on in the saddle, especially with the muscles, and the point is to make it look easy. When a rider says everything feels effortless, that's the moment when hard won skill, meets talent and athleticism. Competing at the higher levels takes more commitment, time, and money. Pleasure riders still burn up to 450 calories every hour. Yes, while having fun!
Is Horseback Riding a Sport?
The definition of a sport is an athletic activity requiring skill, physical prowess, of a competitive nature, and governed by a set of rules or customs. This sport encourages all types of mental exercise that includes things like problem solving, planning, and memorization.